Many brothers and their families from Sutton Coldfield Circle attend Holy Trinity Cathoilc Church Sutton Coldfield which has just introduced live streaming of Holy Mass and other services. This will enable a wide audience as possible to be able to join in Mass and also the Easter Services during this difficult time. Brothers and families in circles within Province No 6 please join us.The link is www.churchservices.tv/suttoncoldfield
In the light of current advice from the government and on the recommendation of Provincial Council Steering Group, Sutton Coldfield Circle have cancelled their April meeting and AGM due to have been held on Monday April 20th at Moor Hall Hotel Sutton Coldfield.
At our Circle January meeting we held our annual charity bottle auction. Other unwanted Christmas gifts are also welcome!
Considering it was early January we had a good turnout of Circle Brothers, enhanced by 6 visiting Brothers from Kenilworth Circle, including President Bernard Baxter and former Provincial President Danny McAree, and also three visiting Brothers from City of Lichfield, including President Denis Heaney and Andrew Bodger.
Thanks to strong encouragement from auctioneers Brother Ted Reilly and myself, all of the visitors joined our Circle in vigorous bidding for a large variety of bottles and gifts – not many Brothers went home empty-handed!
As a result, thanks to the generosity of Brothers present, we raised £378, which will be divided between the President’s charities and the two Catenians Funds. Circle President Tony Fleming has nominated student carers at Lourdes and MacMillan Cancer as his charities.
Photos show the auction donations and Brother Ted Reilly in full flow.
Bro. Martin Jackson – Membership and Correspondent Officer
On Monday 7/10 Streetly Cicle held a charity Race Night in aid of President Tony Fleming’s 2 chosen charities – MacMillan Cancer and assisting local students acting as carers at Lourdes on the Diocesan Pilgrimage. We were delighted to welcome Provincial President Brother Paul Clancy and his wife Angela, and also from Lichfield and Stafford Circles President Bob Awty and his wife Eileen. Unfortunately there were very few winners in the room following the four races, (although Brother Steve Willis did well!), but many of those present had got into the swing by coming dressed as if going to a race day at Ascot or elsewhere, including our visitors! Importantly, the evening raised £254 from the races, plus a further £120 from a raffle which was held. Many thanks in particular to Brother Ted Reilly, who organised the evening at short notice, and Brother Mike Rudd who controlled the money!
Please find attached some photos from the night which I am sure we will repeat for a third time next year.
S&F Martin Jackson – Membership/Correspondent Officer
Pictured are Malvern Catenian President Jeremy Kearns and wife Geraldine riding the waves at Upton on Severn last week aboard The MV Conway Castle. This was a two hour expedition with a fish and chip lunch and 17 Brothers and wives joined in. We were blessed with a reasonable day weatherwise (apart from the rain) but great fun was had by all. The trip is definitely recommended to other seaworthy Circle members.
Last year’s president of Malvern Circle, Bro Nick Bannister, presented a cheque for £650 to his presidential charity, Young Epilepsy, together with a cheque for £100 which had been raised by the wives of the Circle’s Brothers.
The cheques were handed over to Martha Knight, Young Epilepsy’s Individual Engagement Executive, who thanked the Malvern Catenians and their wives for their generosity
Young Epilepsy cares for young people up to the age of 25 who suffer from severe epilepsy. About 700 staff are required to look after the 100 young people at the centre. The number of people under the age of 25 in the UK with epilepsy is around 112,000, with 1 in 5 having learning or intellectual disabilities.
Of the 1,150 deaths from epilepsy 10 years ago, about 10 per cent were young people under the age of 25.